Matthew 6:16

"When you fast, do not look gloomy..."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Communion of Saints found at

Well, I'm washed, dressed, and finished reading from scripture.   It only took me one hour to get dressed.   Yippee.   No, I don't look all that great for one hour's work.   My husband's friend's ex-girlfriend once told me during a difficult period she was having that whatever one has to do can be stretched into an entire day, no matter how small the task.  I didn't get it then, but I do now.  

The passages I read from the Gospel today can be found by clicking on this sentence.  Then you can click on this sentence if you like. :-)

I found it interesting that Matthew counts Jesus's genealogy up, while Luke counts down.  I don't know why that is, but it is interesting.
I find it hopeful that Elizabeth bore a son even though she was old.  I'm sure that it was no accident that it took so long....
I love John 1:12-13.  I always have.
12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
    13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

I see it sort of as my own spiritual genealogy.   A genealogy I share with Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Zachary, Simeon and all the saints.  We are siblings spiritually, not of the flesh.


  1. Hi Helen...

    One other difference between Matt and Luke's genealogies is that Matthew was keen to link Jesus to David, for his Jewish readership...while Luke wanted to show his gentile readership that Jesus was for all mankind, by linking Him to 'Adam' ... but maybe you knew that already :)

  2. Thanks Pip. No I don't think I knew that already. I'm glad you mentioned it! :-)

  3. May I link to your Lenten Blog at the Moonboat on my Wednesday Lent post? I think your approach is fresh and admirable and it will encourage others.